If you look like the pet owners group who were surveyed by the American Kannel Club. So, you allow your dog to sleep on your bed. The survey by the AKC showed that 45% of dog owners allow them to sleep on their beds. That means that if there are more than 60 million US households have dogs, that means a lot of warm night cuddles. However, there is actually scientific evidence explain that sleeping next to your pet is good for you.
In contrast to the mainstream belief, a dog on your bed won’t influence you in a bad way. According to the study “The Effect of Dogs on Human Sleep in the Home Sleep Environment,” the Mayo Clinic has found that adults who don’t suffer from sleeping disorders are totally fine and have no negative sleeping patterns. Actually, studies showed that dog size doesn’t influence sleep quality.
Also, petting a pup reduces blood pressure. And just after a few minutes of petting your beloved baby, you’ll be sleeping without any anxiety. However, the Journal of Behavioural Medicine magazine had a study that measured blood pressure for 60 males and females while they are petting a pet, and while talking to someone. The study showed that blood pressure was lower when they were petting the puppy. In contrast, it was higher when they were talking to a human person. So, at night, you can relax by petting your dog, it’s a win-win situation.
Furthermore, sleeping next to your dog can be beneficial to you and him. It reduces stress or any bad feelings. Studies showed that having a dog can reduce the levels of cortisol and increase oxytocin. Cortisol is the hormone that causes stress, while oxytocin is the hormone that increases pleasant feelings in humans. In conclusion, being around a pup reduces anxiety and makes you feel better, according to the same study
While science has discovered that sleeping next to your dog makes you calmer and doesn’t affect sleeping patterns, there are also more benefits -besides anxiety- also there are scientific reasons
Dogs are amazing when it comes to keeping you warm. Any dog parents lives in a cold place will be confirming that. The security system is another benefit of being next to your dog. It looks like sleeping with a home security system! Your pup always makes you know when there’s something wrong in or out of your place. And it’s for free you don’t have to pay him bills.
While there are so many benefits to having your dog in bed with you at night, there are also benefits for your dog as well. The journal, Human Nature, published a study that stated letting your dog into the bed will help strengthen the bond between you and your dog – something that is mutually beneficial.
Hence, next time you’re going to bed, don’t forget to make your dog join. It’s good for both of you!